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ONE MORE:Imrul Kayes notched up his second half-century in a row as Bangladesh beat the Netherlands by six wickets in Chittagong on Monday.
CHITTAGONG: Bangladesh packed its side with left-handers to whip a lethargic the Netherlands by six wickets on Monday and stay in contention for the World Cup quarterfinals.
The Dutch were shot out for 160 in 46.2 overs after electing to take first strike on a slow wicket. Bangladesh surpassed the target in the 42nd over with left-handed Imrul Kayes unbeaten on 73.
Bangladesh's three left-arm spinners shared five of the six wickets to fall with Abdur Razzak leading the way with three for 29 in 10 steady overs.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Suhrawadi Shuvo, who was brought in to replace off-spinner Naeem Islam, claimed one wicket apiece.
Kayes put on 92 for the second wicket with Junaid Siddique (35) after opening partner Tamim Iqbal was bowled by Mudassar Bukhari off the fourth ball of the innings without scoring.
Shahriar Nafees, one of the five left-handers at the top of the batting order who replaced right-handed Raqibul Hasan, made 37 in a third-wicket stand of 59 with Kayes.
Kayes, who followed up his 60 against England with another half-century, was named Man-of-the- Match for the second time in a row.
Bangladesh joined the West Indies and South Africa on six points, one behind Group B leader India and a point ahead of England.
A West Indies win over England in Chennai on Thursday will enable Bangladesh ease into the last eight even before its final league match against South Africa in Dhaka on Saturday.
But an unlikely Irish win over the Proteas in Kolkata on Tuesday will once again throw open the quarterfinal race from the pool.
“It was a nervous win because we had to win to stay in the contest. I thought the boys showed their character and bowled in really good areas and kept the pressure on,” said Shakib.
Dutch skipper Peter Borren admitted his team, with five defeats in five games, had let itself down. “In the end we played some pretty bad cricket with four run-outs. I think the wicket was a challenge to bat on, but 160 was not enough and we let ourselves down.”
A sell-out crowd of 18,000 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium, taking advantage of the public holiday declared for the match in the port city, watched the home side demolish the Dutch.
Ryan ten Doeschate top-scored for the Netherlands with an unbeaten 53, but none of the other batsmen got going and six batsmen failed to reach double figures and four ran themselves out.
Bangladesh, buoyed by its stunning two-wicket win over England on Friday, did not bowl a single wide or no-ball in a disciplined display on the field.
Openers Wesley Barresi and Eric Szwarczynski plodded to 28 runs in nine overs, following a tidy opening spell by seamer Shafiul Islam, who conceded just seven runs in his first six overs.
Tom Cooper (29) and Szwarczynski carried the score to 66 for two by the 23rd over when both batsmen were run out in the space of 13 runs to set the Dutch back again.
Szwarczynski, who made 28, was unfortunate to be dismissed at the non-striker's end when Shakib deflected a straight drive from Cooper onto the stumps.
Wicketkeeper Musfiqur Rahim, who had dropped Cooper on six, made amends when he lunged for a wide throw from the deep and threw the ball at the stumps before the batsman had regained his crease.
Shuvo had Alexei Kervezee stumped by Rahim for 18, before Razzak dismissed Tom de Grooth and Atse Buurman in three deliveries to reduce the Netherlands to 127 for seven in the 38th over. Borren and Adeel Raja also ran themselves out, leaving ten Doeschate stranded at the other end. — AFP
The Netherlands: E. Szwarczynski (run out) 28 ( 63b, 1x6), W. Barresi lbw b Shakib 10 ( 29b, 1x4), M. Bukhari c Rahim b Razzak 6 ( 13b, 1x4), T. Cooper (run out) 29 ( 41b, 2x4), R. ten Doeschate (not out) 53 ( 71b, 2x4, 1x6), A. Kervezee st. Rahim b Shuvo 18 ( 24b, 2x4), T. de Grooth lbw b Razzak 4 ( 15b), A. Buurman c Kayes b Razzak 0 ( 2b), P. Borren (run out) 3 ( 9b), P. Seelaar lbw b Rubel 0 ( 6b), Adeel Raja (run out) 0 ( 5b); Extras (lb-9): 9; Total (in 46.2 overs): 160.
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-37, 3-66, 4-79, 5-113, 6-127, 7-127, 8-139, 9-141.
Bangladesh bowling: Shafiul 9.2-3-15-0, Razzak 10-2-29-3, Shakib 8-0-38-1, Rubel 9-0-36-1, Shuvo 10-1-33-1.
Bangladesh: T. Iqbal b Bukhari 0 ( 4b), Imrul Kayes (not out) 73 ( 113b, 6x4), J. Siddique c Seelaar b Borren 35 ( 53b, 4x4), S. Nafees b Cooper 37 ( 60b, 4x4), Shakib c ten Doeschate b Cooper 1 ( 7b), Mushfiqur Rahim (not out) 11 ( 12b, 1x4, 1x6); Extras (b-2, lb-3, w-3, nb-1): 9; Total (for four wkts. in 41.2 overs): 166.
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-92, 3-151, 4-153.
The Netherlands bowling: Bukhari 6-2-14-1, Adeel Raja 7-0-31-0, ten Doeschate 6-1-30-0, Seelaar 10-1-25-0, Borren 5-0-28-1, Cooper 7.2-2-33-2.
Man-of-the-Match: Imrul Kayes .
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